While we all wish to contribute, there are many deserving organizations and our time is precious. As such, I am always thoughtful about the efficiency ratios on resources expended to raise funds, the staff to volunteer ratios, the breadth of the programs created or supported and how funds are distributed. I have volunteered for several organizations over the years and am extremely pleased on all counts to be supporting Little Smiles. They deserve high marks in each of these categories.
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I recently participated in a Little Stars astronomy night art project. The kids were temporary residents in hospital-grounds housing where they were preparing for limb correction procedures. They romped and played in spite of their hardware and crutches, while their Dr. showed each one the planets and stars through the telescope he brought. They had a great time painting planets and posing for selfies in front of a constellation backdrop. I was incredibly fortunate to witness the magic that the Little Smiles team in partnership with amazing nurses and caregivers brings to kids who, with a little help, can feel special and joyful in spite of their circumstances.
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While my grandson was going through chemo and radiation treatments, Little Smiles was there to brighten his day. They provided a stocked 'junk food' drawer of snacks and crackers and juices, sometimes that is all that Cameron would eat during his stay at the hospital. Little Smiles would bring in toys and entertainment for the kids and somebody could usually get a smile out of Cam, when he was feeling really yucky and drained. Whenever I had the opportunity to speak or meet with one of the Little Smiles people, they always made me feel like we mattered and took the time to listen, no matter what I was talking about.
Working with such compassionate and dedicated people from Little Smiles is such a blessing. Their hard work shows on the faces of our dear children. We love you guys!!
I had the privilege of working with Little Smiles when a family in my community needed them most. The family had a young son that was in the midst of a battle with Pancreatic Cancer. They not only did small and grand gestures for this child to bring him just a little joy as he lay in hospital and hospice beds - but through the experience I learned how much they do for MANY wonderful deserving families and children in need.
They are a world class organization with the most genuine of hearts.
Recently my small charity Garden of Hope reached out to Little Smiles Josh Daniels to help us with a beautiful brain tumor survivor's wish to go sky diving. Within a couple of weeks we were standing in a small field with friends and family preparing to watch our girl jump from a plane. At the last minute her father was asked to join her in this exciting endeavor. This event not only made a young girl show how brave and strong she is but helped our small charity grow.
The staff of Little Smiles were professional and caring. I would love to work with them in the future.
Garden of HOPE
Little Smiles is a phenominal organization that supports our pediatric oncology patients througout their battle with cancer and sickle cell anemia. This organization is profoundly kind and assists our team providing necessary joy, normalicy and opportunities to enrich their recovery periods. Whether it is monthly pizza parites for our entire Children's Hospital, specific wishs from patients to ease their admission(i-pads, computers, photographic equiptment or trips inbetween chemo therapy I can't imagine our program without Josh Daniels and his wonderful team at Little Smiles.They are a cornerstone for our suport services and we are honored to partner with them!
Little Smiles always brings incredible staff and volunteers to our hospital and makes these patients smile and be so happy! Little Smiles is an incredible organizaiton that delivers exceptional care and love for patients and families. Whenever we have a need, Little Smiles go above and beyond to make our kids happy. We are so fortunate to have them involved with our hospital!
Little Smiles consistently goes over and above in meeting kids' needs and requests! Throughout the year, if a need arises, we know just who to turn to. Their generosity provides our kids in foster care some amazing summer vacation activities that bring them such excitement! As the one who organizes these requests, it has been my pleasure to partner with such a professional, genuine and caring team.
I got to spend time with one of the kids who is a Little Smiles kid. We took him and a friend of him surfing before he was to have a surgery that may keep him from ever surfing again. The Little Smiles board member who organized it is very caring and is a huge asset to this organization who is making lasting changes for children!
The Smiles of children are a precious gift. The dedication of this group to erase fears, and provide joy to children and their family's is life changing to witness.
As an RN working with the pediatric population, I've witnessed many happy faces and smiles on our pts, thanks to the time, generosity and sincere caring of the volunteers with Little Smiles. I've known the founding members for many years and have never seen a request from a pt. denied. Thanks so much from the nurses at St. Mary's Medical Centre for all that you do for pts. everywhere !
I have been involved with this organization for the last 3 years now. Just really amazing what they do for these kids. The stories will break your heart. And most of all, the joy that this organization brings to these kids and what they provide for them, really gives you the total picture of what an organization does to truly help our children in need.
Little smiles is an unbelievable organization in our community. I have had the opportunity to witness the huge difference they have made in so many children's lives. The joy they are able to bring to these kids and their families is life changing to all involved and I've seen it inspire so many to continue to do good.
This organization gives comfort, fun, and smile to children when they need it most.
I love seeing them host parties in the children's ward of local hospitals and safe houses.
I have had the pleasure of attending a few of the events and have seen first hand the joy they bring to these children's faces. What a great organization and I recommend you take the time to get to know them. What they do for these kids is life changing.
I have seen Little Smiles make a huge difference in not just the patients lives, but supporting the entire family when dealing with serious medical conditions. Sometimes it's not always about what you "give" but the way you give the support that matters most. The entire crew from Little Smiles is there day in and day out making sure a family can focus on health matters and lessening the burdens of simple chores that pile up as families deal with medical issues.
Little Smiles has done so much for the kids that are patients in Plantation General Hospital. They fill our treasure chest with toys and surprizes, provide fun snacks. send us socks, sippy cups, tee shirts, DVDs ...all for the kids in our hospital. As a manager in the hospital, I have requested many itemns over the last few years and have they have always said yes. They bring "Smiles" to the kids and the staff at PGH.
I am a single mom with three children and I just met Barbara Jean with Little Smiles just weeks ago but I feel like I have know her forever. What a very caring person. She makes me feel (no matter what I am helping her with) like I helped her move mountains. This foundation is amazing and they help change lives for sure. I feel very lucky to have met these people with this foundation and would help with my time whenever I can.
I have been involved in the many fund raisers, from the golf outings to the Gala's each and every year held in their honor. There is no way to describe the over-whelming joy I receive when watching the faces of these children gleem with excitment upon exiting a Lemo onto a red-carpet with hundreds of fans shouting their names and taking pictures. They are stars for a night and warriors for life. The board-members, volunteers and nurses who make a difference in these childrens lives is magic, truely inspirational. I cannot begin to say enough for this charity. There is no better cause than giving these kids a reason to smile.